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Things We Lost (Loving Locksley Book 1) by Shae Banks – Review by Michelle Austin

Things We Lost (Loving Locksley Book 1)Things We Lost by Shae Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Things We Lost is a good 4 star read and book one in the Loving Locksley series. Shae Banks pulled me right in with her writing and I couldn’t stop until I was done.

Nathalie gets a new job and goes out on the town with her friend to celebrate. While at the club she comes face-to-face with her first love and ex that left her 13 years ago. He want’s to catch up but Nathalie refuses and brushes him off.

Jason doesn’t give up easily and finally convinces Nathalie to meet up with him. There are some secrets revealed about why he made the choices he did. The connection is still there between them and they decide to try again. Can they finally get their HEA?

We get some steamy moments that may steam up your kindle. The secondary characters were great and I wouldn’t mind seeing more from some of them. Overall I really enjoyed Jason and Nathalie’s story, I had some LOL moments with their bantering. I look forward to reading more from this author and series. 1-click and get started today.

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Little Miss Eyes of Blue by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Michelle Austin

Little Miss Eyes of BlueLittle Miss Eyes of Blue by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Little Miss Eyes of Blue was a good four star read and the prequel to The Woman America Loves a Latte. We go back to Vee’s childhood to learn about where she came from and what she dealt with growing up.

My emotions were all over the place. We get a glimpse into how Vee’s parents met and fell in love. And what happened that caused things to fall apart for them. We continue to move forward as Vee grows up, seeing some heart wrenching things happen to her. All I can say is her parents were terrible and only thought about themselves.

There is so much more to this story. Overall I liked this story, it gave me a glimpse into why Vee is the way she is today. Holly does a great job of keeping you aware of what time frame and characters are in each chapter, the detail is great as well. However, the ending has left me with some questions that I hope we see in one of the next books. 1-click and get started today.

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Garrett (Dark Water Security Book 2) by Madison Quinn – Review by Michelle Austin

Garrett (Dark Water Security #2)Garrett by Madison Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Garrett was a great 5 star read and book two in the Dark Water Security series. Madison continues to pull me in with her writing, I was excited to get Garrett and Hopes story.

Garrett has a new job with Dark Water Security, he will be a live in security person. He will be sharing a living area with someone else who works for the guy. What he doesn’t expect is to come face-to-face with the woman who walked away after one night two years ago, the woman he hasn’t been able to forget about since.

Hope is shocked when she sees Garrett, it sends her into a near panic attack. Seeing him brings back memories of what happened that night two years ago. Something happened after Hope left Garrett, but what? Can Garrett finally get the answer he’s looking for?

These two reignite their connection the more they spend time together. You can feel it coming off the pages. Overall I really enjoyed both characters very much. The secondary characters were great and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. If you’re looking for a great new series, I highly recommend this one.

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Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard – Review by Michelle Austin

Broken PiecesBroken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Broken Pieces was an emotional four star read.
This is my first read by Judith B. Pinkard and her debut as well.
This is a heartbreaking biographical novel.

This is a story that really makes you think about life choices. Helen and Ernest are in a life altering accident with there friends and baby Judy. This is where Helen’s life spiraled out of control with addiction and coping.

We all have a story to tell, and we all suffer in various ways. However, the ability to use pain
to help others is our duty-a transcendent obligation.

Judy’s story was familiar in some ways that I could relate slightly. There were other times my heart went out to her. There are some shocking twist and turns. It took a lot of courage to write this story and I hope it also gave some peace to Judith as well.This is not my normal genre to read but I really enjoyed reading Judith’s story. Thank you!

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Hate to Love You (Baker’s Bunch Book 1) by Lily Ryan – Review by Michelle Austin

Hate to Love You (Baker's Bunch Book 1)Hate to Love You by Lily Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hate to Love You was a good 4 star read and book one in the Baker’s Bunch series.

Samantha’s world has been turned upside down. Her brother is in the hospital and she has a secret that could really hurt people she loves. When Cole shows up to comfort her and take her to the hospital things take a heated turn. Cole quickly puts a stop to it, knowing that Samantha is forbidden, she is his best friend’s sister.

Samantha has had a crush on Cole for years. Cole has also noticed Samantha, but her brother has pretty much threatened him and told him hands off. With emotions running high and the heat between them, can they deny their feelings? Can they possibly get a HEA?

I overall enjoyed this read but I had some very high frustration levels with Sam. I had to keep telling myself she’s only 17. There is a lot of misinterpretations and misunderstandings, that add to the drama. There is also a learning piece, don’t always believe what you see and get the real story from those involved. The secondary characters were good and added a great element to the story. I actually would like to see more from these two and look forward to reading more from this series.

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Next Door Knight (Man’s Best Friend Book 2) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Michelle Austin

Next Door Knight (Man's Best Friend #2)Next Door Knight by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Next Door Knight was a good 4 star read and book two in the Man’s Best Friend series.
This is Kerry and Caleb’s story.

Kerry has her father living with her temporarily while he heals from two broken legs. When her dog runs off she ends up meeting her new neighbor Caleb who happened to find Willow.

Caleb is currently on medical leave from the air force and is having a hard time coping with things. When Kerry asks him to sit with her dad while she is at work he agrees. Willow is starting to grow on Caleb. He suffered a loss during the ambush he was in and being around Willow is giving him comfort.

I really loved Willow, she made me think about my fur babies. And when Kerry would take her to visit the veterans it really tugged at my heart strings, such great therapy. I really enjoyed this read and had so many different emotions while reading. Willow brings these two together to help them heal and find love. Can these two have a HEA?

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The Woman America Loves a Latte by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Michelle Austin

The Woman America Loves a LatteThe Woman America Loves a Latte by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Woman America Loves a Latte was a fun 4 star read.
This is Veloura’s story and I was pulled in right from the beginning.

With a not so great childhood and than a relationship that took a scary turn Veloura (Vee) is trying to move forward. Her best friend Suzie helps her apply for a dream job that would take her on a cross country tour. Going out on the road will also get her away from her angry ex.

But what will happen when her past comes back to haunt her?

There are so many twist and turns. I really liked all of the secondary characters, they all added a a great element to the story. I love stories that have me guessing on who is behind certain things, and this one delivered on that, I was shocked at the twist in the end. The author does a great job with the detail in the story and there are several POV’s in the story as well. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Michelle Austin

Surviving ValenciaSurviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Surviving Valencia was an emotional 5 star read.
This was my first read from this author. She pulled me right in with her writing.

We jump from past to present as we learn about Valencia’s past growing up with her siblings. She is now happily married to Adrian trying to move on with her life.

Growing up Val’s parents were always falling all over her siblings and treating her like a nobody. They were the popular kids in high school and could do no wrong. Your heart broke for the things this poor girl went through.

Things take some interesting twists when Adrian gets a mysterious letter in the mail. She’s not sure if she should confront him with what she finds or if she’s misinterpreting the contents. Are things as great as they appear to be in their marriage?

There is so much more that goes on in this great read. There are several twists and turns. The secondary characters added a great element to the story. I despised Valencia’s parents, they were horrible. Overall I really enjoyed this read, I was pulled in by the story, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to see my home town mentioned as well, considering we are in a rural area of Wisconsin. I look forward to reading more from this author. 1-click and get started today.

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Me and Cinderella (The Dirty Rooster Book 2) by Kelly Mooney – Review by Michelle Austin

Me and Cinderella (The Dirty Rooster #2)Me and Cinderella by Kelly Mooney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Me and Cinderella was a great 5 star read and book two in The Dirty Rooster series.
I loved this story so much, once I started I couldn’t put it down. It was a late night (early morning for me)

Eli has returned home for a few weeks because his dad is going to be released from prison soon. He wants to help his little brother and possibly his mother. What he didn’t prepare for was Remy living with his sister Shea. Remy is the woman he left behind nine years ago, she is his sisters best friend. Remy is the rich girl he wasn’t good enough for, so he thought. She has turned into a very beautiful woman and has sparked something in him.

She was downright the sweetest girl I knew, but she was always going to be Cinderella to me. She was the delicate flower I spent years protecting, and I ended up being the one who crushed her.

Remy has her own drama going on and when Eli finds her in his room he is shocked. He does a great job of supporting her and they end up getting even closer. We get some very hot and steamy moments from them. What will happen when Eli leaves in a few weeks? Will he stay or will he ask her to join him? Can they have a HEA?

I loved these two so much and all of the secondary characters were great. I loved his brother and sister but despised Remy’s father. I had near heart failure when there was a huge twist that left me in tears. We do get a well deserved HEA with a great epilogue. I look forward to reading more from this series and I wouldn’t mind seeing more from Remy and Eli.

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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby – Review by Michelle Austin

FortitudeFortitude by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fortitude was a great 5 star read. This is a historical romance set during the Spanish-American war.

This is Claire’s story and what she goes through due to her choices. Claire was a brave, independent and strong woman who stood up for what she believed in. She is a nurse for the Buffalo soldiers, caring for them and helping them recover. When things take a twist, she finds herself caught up in racial issues.

Carrie Dalby continues to pull me in with her writing. I really enjoyed this book, there was so much going on. My emotions were all over the place. At times it was hard to read some of the racial parts. All of the secondary characters added a great element to the story. There were several twist and turns. If you’re looking for a good read that will tug at your emotional strings this is the one for you. 1-click and get started today.

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